Persecution

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Chinese Christians form human shield to protect church

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | In Wenzhou, a Chinese port city nicknamed “Jerusalem of the East,” thousands of Chinese Christians stood guard around the government-sanctioned Sanjiang…

Heroic priest assassinated in Syria

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | The Syrian government and rebel groups are pointing fingers in the assassination of Dutch Jesuit Priest Francis Van Der Lugt in his garden in Homs. No group…

Islamist mob kills Coptic Christian woman in Cairo

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | An Islamist mob beat, stabbed, and shot Mary Sameh George to death in Cairo on March 28, reportedly because of the cross hanging in her car. George, a Coptic…

Vietnam cracks down on Christians as Easter nears

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Even during Lent, Catholics imprisoned in communist Vietnam are not allowed to attend Mass or receive Bibles, and priests are not allowed to visit prisoners.

North Korea: Move on, Jesus. There’s nothing to do here

By Sophia Lee
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North Korea | Weeks after Australian missionary John Short was deported from North Korea for “anti-state” religious acts, the state-controlled news website Uriminzokkiri

Russia targets churches in Crimean crackdown

By Julia A. Seymour
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Ukraine | Amid the turmoil between Ukraine and Russia, Crimean Catholics fear Russian oppression and say their church already is suffering great persecution. 

Midday Roundup: Iran toys with Saeed Abedini’s health

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Critical condition. Iranian doctors refused to treat pastor Saeed Abedini and sent him back to prison to suffer yesterday. Abedini, an Iranian-American…

North Korea releases Australian missionary

By Leigh Jones
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Persecution | In a surprise move Monday, North Korean officials freed a Christian missionary from Australia who was arrested for handing out Bibles in Pyongyang. John…

Christians aren’t killers, CAR church leaders insist

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Christian leaders in the war-ravaged country of Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this month reiterated condemnation for the violence and repudiated…

Kidnapped nuns no longer bear the cross

By Raymond Ibrahim
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Syria | In a new video of the 12 Christian nuns kidnapped by rebels in Syria (see below), the nuns sit in a room while being questioned by an unseen man, presumably…

Militants make Christians pay for Kenyan mosque raid

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Islamic extremists are suspected of murdering a pastor in Mombasa, Kenya, in retaliation for police raids on a nearby mosque.  Militants gunned down…

America’s ‘no-show’ on international religious freedom

By J.C. Derrick
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Religious Liberty | WASHINGTON—A handful of House lawmakers gathered on Tuesday for a hearing to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians around the globe. Expert…

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